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Grand Lake Bum 1-31-16

I look like a prophet after my hints in last week’s column.  Aside from the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show, there is big news on Grand Lake this week.  Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina has announced plans for a new hotel at the resort – 120 rooms, restaurant, indoor & outdoor bar & grill, convention facilities and a resort pool.  The same day, the Cherokees announced an April groundbreaking for a new 39,000 square foot casino at Tomcat Corner – Cherokee Casino Grove.  Both fabulous new facilities have targeted Spring, 2017 for opening.  How’s THAT for economic development!?

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It’s ironic that Shangri-La announced resort hotel development plans this particular week.  Monday, February 8, is the celebration of the Chinese New Year.  2016 is “The Year of the Monkey.”  If Monkey Island wasn’t already going to have a banner year, it certainly will now!

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Not all the news is about the Tulsa Boat Show. The Oklahoma legislature begins the 2016 legislative session this week – plus, it’s an election year.  Perhaps it could be worse, but I’m not sure how.  Mark Twain had the best quote of all on the issue: “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe when the legislature is in session.”

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Everybody hates sinners until they need some money.  Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline is proposing that the legislature add $1.50 per pack cigarette tax and use part of the money to pay for teachers’ pay raises. Just as a point of reference, Oklahoma’s excise tax on a single pack of cigarettes is already $1.03 and the federal tax is $1.01.  Cline’s proposal would make the tax $3.54 on every pack of cigarettes sold in Oklahoma. Apparently pretending that “corporations are people” and no humans would be hurt by his proposed 100%+ increase in the tax, Cline says “no one would be hurt but tobacco companies.”  He also says, in that most confusing of all “logic,” that increasing the tax will raise $182 million per year – AND it will make people stop smoking because of the high price.  Well, if everyone stops smoking, where will the $182 million come from, Commissioner?  You can’t have it both ways.  Something about golden eggs and killing geese here, I’m thinking.  How ‘bout letting some holier-than-thou-non-sinners pay their fair share for a while?

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Do you know who Chris Soules is?  He’s the guy on “The Bachelor” who was briefly engaged to someone named Whitney Bischoff as a result of a fiasco on that TV show.  Apparently, he has been taking ego lessons from Donald Trump.  He’s suing thefarmersonly.com online dating site for using his “persona.”  They didn’t actually use either his image or his name, but he says the fact that they used a silhouette of a hat-clad farmer in front of a Hollywood motif means they obviously were referring to him because… “I’m one of the most famous celebrities in the United States.”  Okay, Chris, here’s your fifteen minutes… and your sign.

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While we are trying to elect a new President, overcome a billion dollar state budget deficit, deal with climate change and income inequality, smash ISIS, and find a cure for cancer – it’s good to know there is someone who hasn’t forgotten the important things.  Major League Baseball is studying whether or not to make the strike zone smaller by raising the bottom of it a couple of inches.  There, now don’t you feel better?

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The perfect drinking glass has finally been invented, thanks to the food blog, Through the Eyes of My Belly.  It’s a shot glass made of bacon – and dipped in chocolate to seal the holes in the bacon so your whisky doesn’t leak out.  Perfect.  (Thanks to my pal Amber Hopeman for sharing this one.)

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An actual complaint received by Thomas Cook Vacations from a dissatisfied customer: “My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”  I wondered what caused that.  Who knew that it was king-size beds?

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Nobody in Oklahoma is better at recognizing the impact of Sooner Spirit than former Governor George Nigh.  After OU’s bigSaturday evening comeback win over LSU, it was Governor Nigh who observed why – “OU scored 77 points,” he said, “One point for each of Oklahoma’s counties.”  Now, THAT’S Sooner Magic!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: I can’t believe I missed my pal Steve Taylor’s birthday last week.  Happy belated, Stevie boy!  Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Jade Jennings, Josh Davis, Kim Hutchison, Amber Forrest, Dave Been, Jim Stockwell, Ben Wolfe, Steve Weatherford, and Sandy Garrett.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  How is it possible to run out of space?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show continues through 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the River Spirit Expo, Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Guest Chef Wednesday at The Shebang – Kerry Kimmons from New Orleans on Wednesday, February 3Panache, the latest production of the Grove Playmakers is featured at Playmakers in Grove with FridaySaturday, andSunday afternoon performances continuing through February 14.  Friday night is a special Karaoke Night at the Monkey Island Pub.Saturday night is the big Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Buffet at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment for Grand Lake music lovers this weekend. On Monkey Island, Randy Lunsford entertains most Friday-Sunday evenings at The Shebang. Friday night, you’ll be the star at Monkey Island Pub, with a big Karaoke Night. Just down Highway 125, there’s always great music at the Road Hog Saloon.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s always terrific live music on weekends at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Area casinos have great options this weekend, too. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Torn will be on stage Fridaynight, followed by Dead Metal Society on Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar Earl & Them will be on stageFriday night.  Saturday night, the ShotGunBillys take over the Legends stage. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds ofHoward Gayles both Friday & Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, Heath Wright & the Hangmen will provide the musical entertainment Friday night, followed by Travis Kidd Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Leslie Serrano Thursday night, followed by Black Ridge Friday night and Another Alibi SaturdayThe Bobby D Band will provide Friday night entertainment at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino.  Max Dolcelli will be on stage Friday & Saturday with special guestKeith Manning.

The best spots to catch NCAA Basketball, NBA games and PGA action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.Enjoy your Super Bowl Party, too!

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Blacklist is Thursday at 8:00 on NBC. Super Bowl’s Greatest Halftime Shows Thursday night at 8:00on CBS. Larry David hosts Saturday Night Live Saturday night, of course, at 10:30 on NBC. Super Bowl 50 – kick-off is just after 5:30 Sunday on CBS. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee premieres Monday night, February 8 at 9:30 on TBS. Hang on tight!

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: Hail, Caesar

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Nearly 70% of Americans said a Trump presidency would make them ‘anxious.’ Another 30% said a Trump presidency would make them ‘Canadian’.” – Conan O’Brien

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday-Sunday, through February14 – Panache, live at Playmakers Theater in Grove (Fridays & Saturdays at7:30 and Sundays at 2:00). Wednesday, February 10 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair, Craig County Fairgrounds. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Grove Home & Garden Show, Grove Civic Center. Saturday, February 13 – Mardi Gras Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, February 13 – Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner at The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Saturday, February 27 – “The Really Big Show” - Kroak Off and No Talent/Talent Show at Big Shots on Monkey Island. Saturday, February 27 – Chili Dinner at Grove Civic Center (6 p.m.) benefiting the Backpack program. Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – “Welcome Back Weekend” on Grand Lake! Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – Bassmaster Classic. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 – Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center. Saturday, March 12 – St. Patrick’s Day Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub.Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Day-Long Party at the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 – Big Meat Run rock crawling event at Disney.

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It’s Super Bowl Week! Coverage started a couple of weeks ago, but the actual kick-off between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers is Sunday afternoon, right after the Tulsa Boat Show closes – just after 5:30 

NBA action is great this week, with the OKC Thunder in a really big Saturday night game.  They’re on the road at the dreaded Golden State Warriors 8:00 on ESPN). Monday night they’re on the road in Phoenix (8:00 on FSOK).  Other great NBA televised games include the Knicks in Detroit Thursday night (6:00) and the L.A. Lakers in New Orleans (8:30), both on TNT. Friday night, Indiana is at Atlanta (6:00) and San Antonio visits the Mavericks (8:30), both on ESPN. Sunday afternoon, the Clippers visit the Miami Heat (1:00 on ABC).

There’s plenty of great college basketball, too, with Tulsa twice and OSU twice.  Tulsa visits Temple Thursday night (6:00 on ESPNU) and they host Houston Sunday afternoon at 2:00 (ESPNU). OSU hosts Iowa State Saturday morning at 11:00 (ESPN2) before traveling to TCU Monday night (6:00 on ESPNU). The Sooners travel to Kansas State Saturday (5:00 on ESPNU).  Other great college match-ups include Texas A&M at Vanderbilt Thursday night (6:00 on ESPN2) as well as some fiery games on Saturday – Kansas at TCU (11:00 on ESPN), Marquette at Xavier (11:00 on FS1), Michigan State at Michigan (1:00 on CBS), Villanova at Providence (1:30 on FS1), Florida at Kentucky (3:00 on CBS), South Carolina at Texas A&M (3:00 on ESPNU), North Carolina at Notre Dame (6:00 on ESPN), Baylor at West Virginia (7:00 on ESPN2), and Wichita State at Illinois State (9:00on ESPN2).   

PGA players are at TPC Scottsdale this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 2:00 Thursday & Friday, and at noon Saturday & Sunday. NBC picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

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The Grand Lake weekend weather ahead looks okay, but certainly not as perfect as the weekend gone by. High temperatures will be around 50, with a chance of a few showers on Saturday. Sounds like a good weekend to have some daytime fun at the Tulsa Boat Show before heading back to the lake for some nighttime partying. Have fun, but remember, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me – even if you’re in Tulsa. 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 1-24-16

Here we are, boys and girls.  It’s time for the Tulsa Boat, Sport, and Travel Show – the official midwinter reunion meeting for all Grand Lakers.  I sure am glad everybody had decent weather to ship all their new stuff to Tulsa for us to look at.  An Oklahoma winter sure beats the hell out of an eastern U.S. winter (at least so far)! I’ll see you in Tulsa!

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While we’re all in Tulsa looking at boats, the folks in Iowa will be caucusing to start the nomination process for Presidential candidates.  You can tell things are getting tight, because they’re getting nasty, too.  I’ve been watching all the fire-fighting in the commercials to see whose name is mentioned the most.  As nearly as I can tell from watching the speeches and commercials, the leading contenders in the race so far are Reagan and Obama.  At least those are the two names most frequently mentioned by all the campaigns so far.

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It was fun to see the Throwback Tuesday appearance on the political scene by Sarah Palin who showed up to endorse Donald Trump and try to use that connection to raise some more money for herself.  I’m a little worried, though, that with Sarah and The Donald on the same stage, a lot of comedy writers might be put out of work.  You don’t need writers when the comedy writes itself!

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MOST OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENT THIS WEEK (not surprisingly) came from Donald Trump: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like, incredible.” Yes, it is.

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I’m not sure where this new swarm of voters is coming from, but a new poll may have spotted the gene pool.  A new poll of college graduates by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni indicated almost 10 percent of college graduates think Judith Sheindlin is on the U.S. Supreme Court.  She’s not.  She’s on TV…and we call her “Judge Judy.”

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Monkey Island is certainly buzzing with talk of something big.  Don’t know what’s going on for sure, but maybe we can solidify the rumors at the Tulsa Boat show.  Shangri-La has had construction underway on one project or another for six years, and all of Grand Lake has to love the great TV commercial they’ve been running to draw more people to Grand Lake businesses… but I’m not quite sure yet what else might be up their sleeve.  There’s also something happening to a large space at Tomcat Corner.  As Paul Harvey used to famously say, “No known connection, but….” it was great to catch up with my old pal Chuck Garrett from Cherokee Nation Business who was relaxing at the lake this weekend. Watch this space.

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I had a great time with some great friends traveling to St. Louis last week for the wedding of one of Monkey Island’s treasures, Stephanie Higgins (now Stephanie Graves) – and I noticed something I had never thought of before.  Looking around the reception, I noticed most of the Monkey Island Fire Department members were also there.  It was actually my buddy Keith Palmer who pointed out that Monkey Islanders are so outrageous, they even travel with their own 9-1-1 road crew of first responders.

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NEWS YOU CAN’T MAKE UP: Firefighters in Fort Worth were called to a suspected fire in a grain elevator.  Sure enough, when they got to the eighth story, they found smoke – and the source of the smoke: a man juggling flaming batons. Officials had no explanation except the understatement of the week that “the man did not belong there.”

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MOST EMBARRASSING OBITUARY: A 40-year-old man in Alameda County, California drove a stolen truck as he led police on a high speed chase.  It ended when he jumped from the truck, attempting to flee on foot, but fell off a cliff to his death, landing in the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.  Case closed.

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DUMB-ASS UPDATE: Remember Marie Holmes?  She’s the gal who won the Powerball in North Carolina in 2014, and has subsequently blown through $9 million of her winnings bailing her drug dealing boyfriend out of jail – twice.  As of last week, make that $21 million.  Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow was arrested again last week for violating his parole – and Marie forked over another $12 million to bail him out…again. You can’t fix stupid – apparently in either “Hot Sauce” OR Marie!

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BEST LEGAL ADVICE OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): If you’re going to try to run out of the courthouse because you have an outstanding warrant, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you’re not wearing pajama pants and house slippers.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: The female praying mantis devours the male within minutes of mating, while the human female prefers to stretch it out over a lifetime.

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BEST ROADSIDE SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (on I-44 in Missouri): Uranus Fudge Factory – the Best Fudge Comes from Uranus

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to T.J. Barnow, Hunter Hays, Michael Blackman, Linda Vasseur, Elaine Haney, Sue Ruth, Monte Province, Greg Burns, Amber Forrest, Dave Been, Laura Goss, Jim Stockwell, Lance Franczyk, and Lynn Moore.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why is it that bullets ricochet off Superman’s chest, but he ducks when the gun is thrown at him?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Guest Chef Wednesday at The Shebang – Anna Pickens (Anna’s Bananas) on Wednesday, January 27, and Kerry Kimmons from New Orleans on Wednesday, February 3Panache, the latest production of the Grove Playmakers opens Friday at Playmakers in Grove with FridaySaturday, and Sunday afternoon performances continuing throughFebruary 14.  Monday night, February 1, of course, is opening night for the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment for Grand Lake music lovers this weekend. On Monkey Island, Randy Lunsford entertains most Friday-Sunday evenings at The Shebang. Just down Highway 125, there’s always great dance music at Monkey Island Pub and at the Road Hog Saloon.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s terrific live music on weekends, including Friday and Saturday night performances this week by the Livin’ Country Band at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). If you find yourself mid-lake Saturday night, check out the big 80s karaoke party with Tim Robinson at Juan Montez Restaurant & Bar at Red Arrow Marina.

Area casinos have great options this weekend, too. At Buffalo Run Casino, there’s fantastic concert planned for Sunday evening at Indoor Peoria Showplace featuring the man, the legend, the great Grand Laker – Roy Clark. Doors open at 5:00 and the show starts at 6:00The Sex will entertain at Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill both Friday and Saturday nights.   At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar W.C. Edgar will be on stage Friday night.  Saturday night, the Nace Brothers Band takes over the Legends stage. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Kenny Babb both Friday & Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, Livewire will provide the musical entertainment Friday night, followed by Shawna Russell Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with the Bobby D Trio Thursday night, followed by Donnie Ray Stephens Friday night and Sweet Trouble SaturdayBig Smitty will provide Friday night entertainment at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino.  Bill Blank will be on stage Friday &Saturday with special guest Brett Schmidt.

The best spots to catch NCAA Basketball, NBA games and PGA action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The  Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove. Enjoy!

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out Saturday night at 7:00 on TNT/TBS and the new stage production Grease: Live will be on Fox Sunday night at 6:00American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpsonpremieres Tuesday, February 2 at 9:00 on FX.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Finest Hours, Jane Got a Gun and Kung Fu Panda 3

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Politician turned reality show star endorses reality show star turned politician.” – Ari Melber on Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday-Sunday, through February14 – Panache, live at Playmakers Theater in Grove (Fridays & Saturdays at7:30 and Sundays at 2:00). Friday, February 5 – Special Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, February 6 – Mardi Gras Party & Buffet at the Summit at Shangri-La.  Wednesday, February 10 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair, Craig County Fairgrounds. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Grove Home & Garden Show, Grove Civic Center. Saturday, February 13 – Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner at The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Saturday, February 27 – “The Really Big Show” - Kroak Off and No Talent/Talent Show at Big Shots on Monkey Island. Saturday, February 27 – Chili Dinner at Grove Civic Center (6 p.m.) benefiting the Backpack program. Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – “Welcome Back Weekend” on Grand Lake! Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – Bassmaster Classic. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 – Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center.Saturday, March 12 – St. Patrick’s Day Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Day-Long Party at the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 – Big Meat Run rock crawling event at Disney.

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While we’re waiting for Super Bowl Week, NBA action is great this week, with the OKC Thunder leading the way with three home games in six days.  They’re hosting the Houston Rockets Friday night, Washington Monday night, and Orlando next Wednesday.  All games are at 7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma.  Other great NBA televised games include the Knicks in Toronto Thursday night (7:00) and Chicago at the L.A. Lakers (9:30), both on TNT. Friday night, in addition to the early Thunder/Rockets game, the Lakers face the Clippers at 9:30 on NBA TV. Sunday afternoon, Chicago will be in L.A. to take on the Clippers (2:30 on ABC).

There’s plenty of great college basketball beginning on Thursday night with three great games at 6:00 – Notre Dame at Syracuse (ESPN2), Cincinnati at Connecticut (ESPN) and Iowa at Maryland (ESPNU).  At 8:00, Michigan state is at Northwestern (ESPN) and Oregon is at Arizona (ESPN2). Saturday’s biggest games include Oklahoma at LSU (4:00 on ESPN), Tulane at Tulsa (5:00 on ESPNU), Kentucky at Kansas (6:00 on ESPN), and Oklahoma State at Auburn (7:00 on ESPN2). West Virginia is at Florida on Saturday, as well (11:00 on ESPN), Ole Miss is at Kansas State (1:00 on ESPNU), Tennessee is at TCU (1:00 on ESPN2), Iowa State is at Texas A&M (1:00 on ESPN) and Texas Tech is at Arkansas (3:00 on ESPNU).  

PGA players are at Torrey Pines (South) in San Diego this week for the Farmers Insurance Open.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 2:00 Thursday & Friday, and at noon Saturday & Sunday. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00Saturday & Sunday.

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The Grand Lake weekend weather ahead looks outstanding – sunshine, southerly winds, and high temperatures in the 60s. It should be a terrific weekend for boaters and golfers – the perfect tune-up to get prepared for the Tulsa Boat Show bonanza. Have fun, and remember, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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Want more information on advertisers you see in the Grand Lake Bum?  No problem.  Just click on their ad and you will be connected to their web site.  If you would like to join the growing list of sponsors of The Grand Lake Bum e-blast and the Bum’s page on both and www.360grandlake.com, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact 360grandlake.com to sign up.

 

Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

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If anyone I know was a winner in the big $1.5 billion Powerball drawing, they haven’t let me in on the secret, yet – or any of the cash.  I didn’t win.  Neither did Cinnamon Nicole, in Cordova, Tennessee.  I must say, though, she was a lot smarter than I was in the Powerball drawing aftermath.  She set up a Go Fund Me page on the internet, asking for donations to help her family get past their financial dilemma of not winner the Powerball after spending every dime they had buying tickets.  I should have done that.  She raised $800 in the first eight hours, proving that people will donate money to almost any cause at all.

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I’m sure you saw the “bad math” post on Facebook, where some idiot had determined that the $1.5 billion Powerball pot was enough to provide $4.33 million do every person in the United States.  If you don’t want the brain sprain from doing the math yourself, it’s actually $4.33 – not $4.33 million. The best post after the Powerball drawing was the person who did the same math on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie success. “The movie has now made $1.7 billion,” the Facebooker wrote.  “That means every person in America spent $5.66 million for a ticket to see it.”

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If you haven’t already cleared your calendar, do it now.  The Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show opens Monday night, February 1 – and runs through Sunday, February 7 – Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not sure why the show organizers still aren’t able to figure out how to avoid the biggest non-boating sports day of the year in the middle of a boat show; but it is certainly the best day to strike a deal on a boat, because you’re almost the only person at the show!

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Be careful what you ask for.  Back in 2013, Lucie McNulty moved from New York to a little town in Maine because she “wanted to be left alone.”  Apparently it worked.  When neighbors spotted police in Lucie’s house the other day, they were surprised to find out why.  She was dead…and she had been dead for two-and-a-half years. I guess they took her seriously about leaving her alone!

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Some of things our government does might irritate us, but it could be worse. In Thailand, a factory worker wrote a sarcastic comment about a dog that belongs to the King.  A dog! “Insulting the Monarch” was the official charge.  The prison sentence?  37 years. Welcome to Bangkok.

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We have had plenty of chances over the last few days to peek into the future of our own country – or at least we have heard the proposals of the people who would like to serve as our President.  With a Republican debate, a Democratic debate, an international incident involving the capture and release of navy personnel, the negotiated release of American hostage in Iran and the non-stop whining on the 24/7 news stations, I’m sure you have heard all the messaging you need from the Presidential candidates.  However…there will be more, I promise!  Oklahomans vote in primaries in just over a month – so it’s time to choose up sides.  If you are undecided, I urge you not to vote.  I don’t really want my future decided by someone who throws a dart to choose their elected officials.  If you can’t at least name all the candidates, please either stay home and don’t vote…. or move somewhere else and ruin their country.

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I think some of my buddies are thinking of moving to the Netherlands to start new careers – as driving instructors.  In an effort to boost the economy and improve driving skills, the government of the Netherlands has enacted legislation allowing driving instructors to be paid with sexual services, as long as the “student” is at least 18. Oddly enough, the “initiative” is required to come from the instructor. I can hear it now.  “Sure, I’ll be happy to teach you to drive.  First, there’s a breathalyzer test.”

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Maximum capacity?  It’s gotta be close.  In Fairbanks, Alaska, Chelsea Sperry was arrested in a drug and counterfeiting sting – and she may have set a new record for vaginal storage. Her vaginal storage included 16 counterfeit bills, a genuine $10 bill, two baggies of meth, another baggie with seven morphine pills, two baggies of heroin, and 40 empty baggies.  This case proved that criminals aren’t the smartest folks on earth – for a couple of reasons.  For example, since the empty baggies and the $10 bill were perfectly legal, why didn’t she just stick ‘em in her pocket instead of … someplace else?

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I guess you saw where Wal-Mart is closing 269 of their express stores – 154 of them in the U.S.  So, that’s another six check-out lines that won’t be open anymore.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): When you get pulled over and the trooper asks you how many you’ve had to drink, turning around to count the number of empty cans in the back of the car, although accurate, may not be the best idea.

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BEST ROADSIDE SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Suicidal deer: Next 5 miles

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Kanaan Hallett, Ed Hamilton, Tami Bailey, Jeff Thacher, Brad Williams, Chuck Dixon, Kristy Mayfield, Sarah Thompson, Glenn Coffee, Carol Sherman, Ron Sparkman, Doug Goss, Donna Palu, Danny Brumble, Paula Brumble, and Cathy Weatherford.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Are all of the work schedules at a cemetery considered to be the graveyard shift?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Saturday night boxing extravaganza at Buffalo Run Casino’s Indoor Peoria Showplace featuringThe Four-State Franchise

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment for Grand Lake music lovers this weekend. On Monkey Island, Randy Lunsford entertains most Friday-Sunday evenings at The Shebang. Just down Highway 125, there’s always great dance music at Monkey Island Pub and at the Road Hog Saloon.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s terrific live music on weekends, including a Saturday night performance this week by theStonehorse Band at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Area casinos have great options this weekend, too. At Buffalo Run Casino, there’s a Saturday night boxing card (that’s entertainment, right?) at Indoor Peoria Showplace featuring the Four-State FranchiseFun House will entertain at Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill both Friday and Saturday nights.   At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar Derryl Perry will be on stage Friday night.  Saturday night, the Brandon Butler Band takes over the Legends stage. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Howard Gayles both Friday & Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, Boombox Revivalwill provide the musical entertainment Friday night, followed by Dirty Saints Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Rocked N Loaded Thursday night, followed by Joe Giles & the Homewreckers Fridaynight and Diversity SaturdayHi-Fidelics will provide Friday night entertainment at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 and, Saturdaynight, Lickitty Split will be on stage at Grand Lake Casino. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino.  Erik Kirkland will be on stage Friday & Saturday with special guest Vilmos.

The best spots to catch NFL Playoff Action, NCAA Basketball, NBA games and PGA action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The  Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.  Enjoy!

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The X-Files revival debuts Sunday night at 9:00 on Fox.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: Dirty Grandpa

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

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SAVE THE DATE: Monday, February 1 – Opening Night of the Tulsa, Boat, Sport & Travel Show. Saturday, February 6 – Mardi Gras Party & Buffet at the Summit at Shangri-La.  Wednesday, February 10 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair, Craig County Fairgrounds. Saturday, February 13 – Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner at The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – “Welcome Back Weekend” on Grand Lake! Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – Bassmaster Classic. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 – Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center. Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Day-Long Party at the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La.

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It’s NFL Conference Championship Week.  We’re finally going to find out who will be in the Super Bowl. Both games are Sunday, with the AFC Championship game at 2:00 on CBS, and the NFC Championship on Fox at 5:30.

NBA action is great this week, with the OKC Thunder leading the way with four games in six days.  They’re in Dallas Friday night to face the Mavericks (7:30 on FSOK) before returning home to host Brooklyn Sunday afternoon at 2:30 (FSOK). Tuesday night, they’re in New York (6:30) with the second of a back-to-back road game Wednesday night in Minnesota (7:00 on FSOK).  Other great NBA televised games include the Clippers in Cleveland Thursday night (7:00) and San Antonio at Phoenix (9:30), both on TNT. Friday night, Miami is in Toronto (7:00) and Indiana is at Golden State (9:30), both on ESPN.

There’s plenty of great college basketball beginning on Thursday night, too,  with Kentucky at Arkansas (6:00 on ESPN) and Iowa at Rutgers (6:00 on ESPNU).  Saturday, OU is at Baylor (11:00 on ESPN2), Texas is at Kansas (1:00 on ESPN), and Oklahoma State is at Kansas State (5:00 on ESPNU). Other top college games include Georgetown at Connecticut (11:00 on CBS), West Virginia at Texas Tech (12:00 on ESPNews), Duke at North Carolina State (1:00 on CBS), Iowa State at TCU (3:00 on ESPNU), and Maryland at Michigan State (5:30 on ESPN).

PGA players are back on the mainland this week, teeing off in La Quinta, California Thursday for the CareerBuilders Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 2:00 Thursday-Sunday.

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The weekend weather ahead looks terrific – in fact, compared to the last couple of weekends, it looks downright summer-like!  High temperatures Friday will be in the low 50s followed by even more sunshine and even warmer temperatures throughout the weekend – rising to 60 degrees or better on Sunday. It should be a terrific weekend for boaters and golfers – a good tune-up to get prepared for the Tulsa Boat Show bonanza. Have fun, but remember, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

Want more information on advertisers you see in the Grand Lake Bum?  No problem.  Just click on their ad and you will be connected to their web site.  If you would like to join the growing list of sponsors of The Grand Lake Bum e-blast and the Bum’s page on both and www.360grandlake.com, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact 360grandlake.com to sign up.

 

Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 1-10-16

Maybe it was the cold weather, but I was confused all weekend.  I joined my pals from Booze Fighters at the Monkey Island PubSaturday night for the big Pimps & Ho’s party, then watched the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night – and I couldn’t tell the difference!

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Beware if a new guy named Joe Oshagnessy shows up on Grand Lake and tries to join up with you and your buddies.  He calls himself “Captain O,” and he was one of the goofy rancher goobers who are calling themselves a militia because they took over a vacant federal government building at a wildlife preserve in Oregon.  The group now reports that “Captain O” took all the money that was donated to support them and went to town on a drinking binge, drinking up all their donation money. Sounds like someone to watch out for.  To hate the government is one thing – but to steal your buddies’ drinking money… that’s something else altogether.

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Speaking of which, the wizards at roadsnacks.net apparently don’t realize that drinking goes on in places other than cities.  Their new rankings are out, and once again Grand Lake has been totally ignored in their listing of the “Drunkest Cities in Oklahoma.”  Grand Lake aside, if you’re looking for someplace where you’re most likely to find someone who would like to have a drink with you, here are roadsnacks.net’s “Top Ten Drunkest Cities in Oklahoma” (in order) – Tulsa, Norman, Wagoner, Ada, El Reno, Edmond, Stillwater, Durant, Clinton, and Yukon. Cheers!

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A kiss & tell requirement?  In Missouri, State Representative Bart Korman has introduced legislation which would require lawmakers to disclose sexual relations with a lobbyist by either them or their staff members as part of their ethics report.  I guess he figured that would be embarrassing enough, because his legislation specifies that, unlike non-sexual gifts, lawmakers would not have to estimate how much the sex is worth monetarily.  Too bad.  That would be an interesting number. If I were you, though, I wouldn’t hold my breath to see all the names listed on those upcoming ethics reports.

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If you didn’t think Hugh Hefner is an American fixture – here’s the proof.  The Playboy Mansion is for sale ($200 million, they say) – but Hugh comes with it.  Seriously. The sale includes a “life estate” for Hugh, meaning he gets to stay there as long as he lives. He may be a fixture, but not necessarily an asset. Realtors say the actual sale price of the mansion is more likely to be about $80 million. So, Playboy Enterprises is willing to pay $120 million just to find someone else to take over the care and feeding of Hugh?

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For those of you hoping Oklahoma could make it through January without a national embarrassment, sorry. 17-year-old Rose Lynn is in the national news after People Magazine was intrigued by her school’s lack of fashion knowledge in Lawton.  She was sent home because she, like all teenagers, thought leggings were pants. Her teacher and vice principal did not agree. Dress codes are okay, but their reasoning is 19th century. They were concerned that the leggings would be distracting to boys because she wasn’t wearing a shirt that “covered her crotch.” Yep, there’s some childish behavior going on at that high school in Lawton – but it’s not the kids.

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Sometimes it doesn’t make us feel any better when people confess to the cops after being arrested.  Take Breen Peck, for example, who was arrested in Long Island, New York when police found what appeared to be drugs in his vehicle.  “It’s meth,” he confessed. “I use it to stay awake.  I’m an air traffic controller.” I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little better about possible flights to New York with that one out of the control tower!

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When prisoners in the Saskatchewan jails complained about food quality, the Premier of Saskatchewan responded immediately: “If you don’t like prison food, don’t go to prison.  Other options were not immediately explained.

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I guess we’re going to have to save up our money and buy more guns.  A national study indicates Oklahoma only ranks 19th in gun ownership, with 12.3 guns per 1,000 residents.  Wyoming was #1 with 195.7 guns per 1,000 residents.  I’m shocked.  I didn’t know there were 1,000 people living in Wyoming.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I tested negative for “affluenza” and positive for “poorlio.” (thanks, Jim Anderson)

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Paul Bulten, Kristi Mullinax, Sandy Scott, Mickey Landers, Dale Forrest, Benee Masri, Rick Craven, Linda Young, Ron Ryan, and Tag Webb.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a picture of a thousand words worth?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Guest Chef Night at The Shebang on Monkey Island is Wednesday night with guest chefs John and Julie McFerron (and live music by Randy Lunsford). It should be a great show at The Pavilion at Downstream CasinoSaturday night featuring The Orchestra (former members of The Electric Light Orchestra).

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of talent to go around – and there’s always some on display for Grand Lake music lovers every weekend. On Monkey Island, Randy Lunsford entertains Wednesday night at The Shebang as John & Julie McFerron serve dinner as guest chefs.  He also entertains most Friday-Sunday evenings at The Shebang. Just down Highway 125, there’s always great dance music at Monkey Island Pub – and the Road Hog Saloon features live music from Lickitty Split Saturday night.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s terrific live music by the Smoke & Moonshine Band Friday & Saturday night at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Area casinos have great options this weekend, too. At Buffalo Run Casino, Bo Phillips will entertain at the Trailer Park Bar & Grill both Friday and Saturday nights.   Downstream Casino has an incredible show Saturday night at The Pavilion. The Orchestra, starring former members of The Electric Light Orchestra, will perform. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar Uncrowned Kingswill be on stage Friday night.  Saturday night, the Shari Bales Band takes over the Legends stage. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Kenny Babb both Friday & Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, The George Brothers with Leslie Wright will provide the musical entertainment Friday night, followed by The Bobby Dale Band Saturday night. At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Smoke and Moonshine Thursday night, followed byTravis Kidd Friday night and Heath Wright and the Hangmen SaturdayCentrefire will provide Friday night entertainment at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino.  Armon Williams will be on stage Friday & Saturday with special guest Cal Verduchi.

The best spots to catch NFL Playoff Action, NCAA Basketball, NBA games and PGA action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The  Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.  Enjoy!

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Colony debuts Thursday night at 9:00 on USA. A new season of Saturday Night Live begins this week with guest host Adam Driver and musical guest Chris Stapleton – Saturday night at 10:30 on NBC. The 21st Annual Critics Choice Awards telecast will air Sunday night at 7:00 on A&E and Lifetime.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Norm of the North

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed.  Everything else is public relations.” – George Orwell

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SAVE THE DATE: Monday, February 1 – Opening Night of the Tulsa, Boat, Sport & Travel Show. Saturday, February 6 – Mardi Gras Party & Buffet at the Summit at Shangri-La.  Wednesday, February 10 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair, Craig County Fairgrounds. Saturday, February 13 – Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner at The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – “Welcome Back Weekend” on Grand Lake! Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 – Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center. Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Day-Long Party at the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La.

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It’s NFL Divisional Playoff Week.  There are two games Saturday and two SundaySaturday’s games are at 3:30 (Kansas City at New England on CBS) and 7:00 (the Washington/Green Bay winner at Arizona on NBC). Sunday’s games are at noon (Seattle at Carolina on Fox) and 3:30 (Pittsburgh at Denver on CBS).

There’s plenty of great college basketball beginning on Thursday night with Connecticut at Tulsa (6:00 on ESPN2) and Iowa at Michigan State (6:00 on ESPN). Washington and Dayton play in a rare Friday night televised game (6:00 on ESPN2). Top games on Saturday include West Virginia at Oklahoma (3:00 on ESPN2), Oklahoma State at Texas (5:00 on ESPN2), TCU at Kansas (1:00on ESPN), Iowa State at Kansas State (3:00 on ESPNU), Xavier at Marquette (1:00 on FS1), and Villanova at Georgetown (12:00on CBS). On Sunday, Michigan State is at Wisconsin (12:30 on CBS), Connecticut is at Houston (1:00 oin CBSSN) and Virginia is at Florida State (5:30 on ESPNU).  Texas Tech is at TCU Monday night (6:00 on ESPNU) with the Big Monday double-header featuring Syracuse at Duke (6:00) and OU at Iowa State (8:00), both on ESPN. There’s great college action next Tuesday night, too, with Kansas at Oklahoma State (6:00 on ESPN2), Illinois at Indiana (6:00 on ESPN), LSU at Texas A&M (8:00 on ESPN), and Houston at SMU (8:00 on ESPNU).

NBA action includes a grueling schedule for the OKC Thunder with four games in six daysFriday night they host Minnesota (6:00on ESPN) and Miami comes to town Sunday night (6:00 on FSOK).  Tuesday night, they’re in Denver to face the Nuggets (8:00 on FSOK) before returning home to host Charlotte Wednesday night (7:00 on FSOK). Other big NBA games include a Thursday night double-header with Cleveland at San Antonio (7:00) and the Lakers at Golden State (9:30), both on TNT. Friday night, the OKC-Minnesota game will be followed by Cleveland at Houston (8:30 on ESPN). There is a rare Monday afternoon game scheduled with Memphis hosting New Orleans at 1:30 (ESPN) just ahead of Monday night’s TNT double-header with Golden State at Cleveland (7:00) and Houston in L.A. to face the Clippers (9:30).

PGA players are still in Hawaii this week, teeing off for the Sony Open.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00Thursday. Coverage on Friday and Saturday begins at 3:30, with Sunday coverage 1:30.   

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Weather for the weekend ahead looks better than the weekend gone by – but not terrific.  Once again, Friday looks like the best day of the weekend with high temperatures around 50. Saturday & Sunday, we may see a little more wintry weather, with highs only reaching the low to mid 40s, and lows dipping into the mid-20s. There are lots of fun indoor options around the lake this weekend, though, with all the great sports action including NFL divisional playoffs – and most everyplace will have something good to drink Remember, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

Want more information on advertisers you see in the Grand Lake Bum?  No problem.  Just click on their ad and you will be connected to their web site.  If you would like to join the growing list of sponsors of The Grand Lake Bum e-blast and the Bum’s page on both and www.360grandlake.com, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact 360grandlake.com to sign up.

 

Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)